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“ Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  Twyla Tharp


The Fallbrook Art Center is now showingWorld of Watercolor & Beyond, their 8th Annual International Signature American Watermedia Exhibition and they sold a Dean Mitchell painting calledHazel Maefor $18,500 and approx. $40,000 worth of art sold during the show. This work also won the $1500 best of show award. A total of $10,000 was given out in awards and there is still time until March 19 to vote for the public award of $250. Click here for list of participating artists and more about the show

March 20–21, 2017 is Arts Advocacy Day and we are celebrating it with a banner on the home page of SDVAN. Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for the annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Empowering Advocacy by Patricia Frischer, coordinator of SDVAN.

Save the date for the closing reception of The Before Show: Patricia Frischer Closing VIP reception Sat. March 11 from 6 to 9 pm at Symbologist Gallery (2060 Logan Ave unit C, SD 92113 in Barrio Logan) during Chicano Park gallery crawl night The exhibitionruns from Feb 11 to March 15, 2017 More info: Kaarin Vaughan 619-693-5004. The Before Show: Patricia Frischer at Symbologist Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer  

North County Arts Network Quarterly Meeting is titled Performing Arts Five on Five: Innovative Happenings in the Arts and happens on Wed, March 29th from 6 to 9 pm at New Village Arts (2787 State St. #B, Carlsbad, CA 92008)  

Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door are pleased to introduce the artistry of emerging artist Mikaela McLeigh at the 33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy to held on April 29 and 30. Mikaela was selected as this year’s awardee for The Business of Art scholarship which includes a booth at the prestigious art festival, professional development throughout 2017, and an impressive marketing package. Over 30 artists applied for this year’s opportunity.

In the months since the passing of David Antin, his son, Blaise Antin, has established a graduate prize fund to honor David's extraordinary service to UC San Diego and his lasting legacy in the Department of Visual Arts. As a poet, critic, artist and teacher, David Antin played a seminal role in establishing the reputation for cutting edge art in the graduate program he helped to found.  The David Antin Endowed Prize for Excellence in MFA Visual Arts Fund will bestow the prize on the student who best demonstrates the originality, creativity and multi-disciplinarity as artists or writers in the field of art criticism for which David Antin is held is such esteem

Madison Gallery's first Artist in Residence Program featuring New York artist James Austin Murray started in February. They invite collectors for studio visits to personally meet the artist and select artworks. Murray will be creating an exclusive collection at his upcoming September solo exhibition Light On Black.

The Ilan-Lael Foundation and Pacific Rim Park will host Gateway Conversations, a three day event exploring the role of art in international relations from April 28-30 in various locations around San Diego and Tijuana. Special guests will include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, world renowned artist James Hubbell and keynote speaker, Kathleen Stephens, Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University, Former US Department of State, US Embassy Seoul South Korea.

The SD Regional Arts and Culture Coalition reports that 7 of 9 San Diego City Council Members Included "Arts & Culture" in their FY18 Budget Priority Memos which means they are encouraging the Mayor to draft a City budget that includes a flat or increased budget for the Commission for Arts & Culture next fiscal year.   


ART REPORTS by or about SDVAN

William T. Cannon Gallery 2017 Juried Biennial Exhibition Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
John Dillemuth: Gomos and Contraptions at Oceanside Museum Of Art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Impressions: African American Artists, Connections to African Art San Diego Mesa Gallery Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
The Before Show: Patricia Frischer at Symbologist Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Local Artist awarded the business of art scholarship – to be featured at 2017 Mission Federal Artwalk Art Guide San Diego by Brian Baxter

County Wide Reports

Culture Report: Trinket Shops Get Some Artsy Neighbors in Old Town Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Local Leaders Can Learn From Cities That Prioritize Artists Voice of San Diego by Justin Navalle
San Diego Art Institute encourages dialogue with inaugural AMT Festival Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
Dimensions at MCASD downtown presents a wide range of viewpoints Union Tribune by Martina Schimitschek
Surfing Madonna donates $30,000 to Pacific View project Encinitas Advocate by Brittany Woolsey
Italian artist Siro Cugusi speaks 'visual language' at Lux Union Tribune by Catherine Gaugh
The Fleet's new Sherlock Holmes exhibit holds the clue to big fun Union Tribune by Karla Peterson
Surfing Madonna group to offer peek at new mosaic Union Tribune by Barbara Henry
Culture Report: History Center Tackles a Present-Day Lightning Rod Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: Trinket Shops Get Some Artsy Neighbors in Old Town Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
David Antin's Words Live On: Hundreds pay tribute to local poet at The Getty Center La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
First AMT Fest in San Diego kicks off art and science collaborations
La Jolla Light Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Q: What does San Diego’s art scene need to thrive? City Beat by Seth Combs
Surprise! It’s art in a box! City Beat by Matt Baldwin
Will a massive “Statue of Responsibility” soon grace the San Diego skyline? City Beat by Mathew Foresta
San Diego Space 4 Art moving in, local artists moving out City Beat by Seth Combs
To see or not to see: Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface City Beat by Seth Combs

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities with full details listed on SDVAN)

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is looking for a Programs & Events Manager responsible for the planning and execution of the museum’s programs and special events, and assisting with the coordination of educational programming. This includes exhibition receptions, school visits, artist demonstrations, lectures, programming for extended museum hours, and signature fundraising events such as The Museum Ball and Art After Dark, among others. This position requires some weekend and evening hours. For more information, please contact jobs@oma-online.org 760-435-3730.

California Center for the Arts Escondido is looking for a Programs Manager responsible for the planning and execution of the museum’s programs. Contact Leah Goodwin.

Front Porch Gallery is looking for fine art/craft on consignment for the retail side of their gallery. Glass, ceramic, paper, mixed media, assemblage, etc. are acceptable mediums. Commission to artist is 60%. To apply, email 5-10 images for consideration to Julie Weaverlnig 760-795-6120

Would you like to participate in San Diego's largest annual showcase of visual and performing arts? Sign up to volunteer at the 2017 Mission Federal ArtWalk. They offer about 250 volunteers the opportunity to get involved on event days, this year taking place April 29 & April 30, with a few positions during the month of April. As a Mission Federal ArtWalk volunteer, you receive the official 2017 T-shirt and may participate in a "volunteers-only" raffle of great artwork and prizes, donated by our artists and sponsors. Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years. Access their online volunteer registration system here

Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA ), in partnership with the City of Encinitas Arts Division, will celebrate Passport to the Silk Road : An Evening of Time Travel as we embrace the exotic and diversified cultures of Xi"an to Constantinople on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6-10 pm at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. In keeping with the mission to celebrate diversity through arts and culture, this event will foster an appreciation of cultures of China, India, Iran, Turkey, and other countries along the old Silk Road. 100% of funds raised at this event will be allocated to arts programing and education in Encinitas. They are making a call for volunteers you will get to enjoy the show and a light dinner for 2-3 hours of work. Sign up now and save the date.

Local artist Sandra Dodd conducts adult art classes for beginners at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library. The sessions are complimentary and all materials will be supplied. Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning March 29, 2016, 5 pm to 6 pm.

MUSEUMS 

California Center for the Arts Escondido is looking for a Programs Manager responsible for the planning and execution of the museum’s programs.

Mingei International Museum Thirty knotted fiber necklaces and bracelets are on view by Sandy Swirnoff until Jun 4.

New Children’s Museum presents Make/Shift, an indoor play space that builds on the age-old concept that children enjoy playing with the box as much as the gift that came in it is now open. The 1,200 square foot installation consists of a collection of custom-made plywood furniture, fabric, cardboard boxes, ropes and other loose parts that can be shifted and remade by children and adults in infinite ways.

John Dillemuth: Contraptions And Go-mo(s) at Oceanside Museum Of Art(704 Pier View Way, Oceanside 92054) opening on Feb 4 and runs to July 23 with an opening reception on March 25. Curated by Vallo Riberto, assemblages, contraptions, vehicles, and paintings combine to create an installation that references the real and imaginary. Also note: Michelle Montjoy’s show Rope opens at the say time on March 25. For more info: Collette Stefanko 760.435.3720

A terrible crime has been committed and Victorian London's most celebrated detective needs your help to find out "whodunit"! Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery opens Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Rubin H. Fleet Science Center. This immersive, entertaining and clever murder-mystery will test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning. You will need your thinking cap to solve this baffling thriller.

The San Diego Museum of Art Contemporary Arts Committee, the support group of the SDMA is holding a Plein Air art Home Tour on Sat. March 18 from 10 am to noon. Visit to the Craftsman home and studio of artist Mark Fehlman with his personal collection of notable California plein air artists.  Fehlman, the recipient of numerous awards, will share some of his studio techniques. In close proximity is the historically-designated Craftsman home of Wendy Nash with an extensive collection of Fehlman's work.  In the garden, they will visit with 2015 San Diego Art Prize winner Kevin Inman.  Inman's current work focuses on small landscapes and cityscapes.  Coffee and treats will be provided.CAC Members $50 and Non-CAC Members $60. To RSVP for the tour:  click  here

TRANSITIONS

Naimeh Tahna Woodward has stepped down from the Encinitas Art Commission to make way for new talent but she remains the driving force behind the Encinitas Friends of the Arts. Watch for their next Passport to the Silk Road onSaturday May 13 from 6 to 10 pm at the Encinitas Community Center.

California Arts Council announces planned departure of director Craig Watson who led California’s state arts agency through five year renaissance, accomplishments include 5x increase in funding. There will be a national search for a new director and Watson will return to south California. Let’s hope he can continue to help us in our struggles to get more aid for the county of San Diego.

Fusion Glass has a new name addition. There art workshops and classes are branded under the name Idea Field.

Monarch | Arredon Contemporary is moving to a smaller location showroom located on 608 Prospect St. Suite A, in La Jolla which is closer to MOCASD. 

 Matthew J. Mahoney was one of San Diego Art Institute’s first artists-in-residence and we were saddened to hear of his passing. San Diego Art Institute has set up the  Matthew J. Mahoney Artist-in-Residence Program to continue to help the careers of emerging and mid-career artists as they explore, experiment and create new work. These tax deductible donations can be made at: https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/b6lpz52e63i

The good news is that Space 4 Art may be staying in its space for four more years while it finances and build out its new space. The bad news is that they did not realize that the compromise of space might have results some artists being given notice in another part of the building. Let’s hope they can all work this out.

TIDBITS

ArtFinder is pointing out gender inequality and what they are doing to support women's art! We are pleased to announce that over half of the emerging artist in our next New Contemporaries show are WOMEN!

We are very much in favor of Design Thinking in which many possible solutions are generated after research and brainstorming before anything is tested. John Eger discussed this in the Huffington Post: Design Thinking Takes Center Stage

Earlier this month, two Trump transition team advisors are recommending elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We are supporting a petition signed by 100,000 Arts Action Fund members which can be found here. For more information about supporting Americans for the Arts here is a link to a few FAQs from questions the staff has already fielded. Please sign the petition as we are better coming together to make sure the arts are supported.

Two thousand and seventeen marks the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the father of modern sculpture so watch for art museums around the world that are mounting special exhibitions and installations to celebrate including the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

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“Humanity could not have developed art, music, literature, science, philosophy, and it could not have brought forth the ideas of peace and justice, kindness and compassion if there had not been the possibility of improving upon ourselves. As we suspend in the gracious beneficence of a sunbeam, visualize our majestic personal starship. Hold it in your hands. That's us. Think of it kindly. Think of it compassionately. Think of it responsibly. Then, take a next good step. Help us evolve a little bit more. It is all up to us. And we can do it together.” Carolyn Benesh, Robert Liu and Patrick Benesh-Liu, Ornament Magazine  

The San Diego sister of the Nasty Women Exhibition that launched in New York is on at the Helmuth Projects (1827 5 th Avenue, SD 92101) and closing on Sat. Jan 28 from 6-9. They will be donating 100% of proceeds to Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, La Maestra Community Health Centers, or San Diego LGBT Community Center​.More info: Josh Pavlick 619-448-4587. See some of the works: Nasty Women at Helmuth Projects Picked RAW by Patricia Frischer . We are proud of the 40.000 San Diegans that came out to march for so many causes on Jan 21 st.

You are invited to join the NCAN/SDVAN Visual Arts Committee on Tuesday Feb 7 at 10 am for a Looking Glass meeting. This project aims to connect arts to business through public projection of images. A Valentine Card Making Party will be held after the meeting at 2487 Montgomery Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea 92007. Email me if you have some ideas to share and want to become involved: patricia@sdvisualarts.net

The 2017 Mission Federal ArtWalk Artie Awards honor influential arts & culture supporters in the community. This year’s winners were announced at the Westgate and included Kinsee Morlan, engagement editor and author of the Arts and Culture Report at Voice of San Diego; Scripps Health, a leader in healthcare in San Diego and long-time arts supporter; and Jane Wheeler, philanthropist and ArtReach supporter. The eight featured artists were there including three from San Diego: Moni Blom, Jason Humphrey from La Mesa, and Michael Summers from Oceanside. Other featured artists include:  Franco Forte, Mildred Gil Parada, Matthew Grabelsky, , Iris Scott, and  Ivano Stocco  

Southern CA Sculpture by the National Sculpture Society  is on view until March, 5 at  Sparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave, SD 92101). . This juried exhibition will feature 23 top sculptors in the thriving artistic community of Southern California. More info: Jessica Amaya 619.696.1416   

Artsy in connection with UBS has posted for 2016 a list of the top Living Artists,Curators and Emerging Artists. It makes an interesting comparison with those from the Huffington Post top 17, ArtNet top 100, Blouin Art Info top 370. Plus here is a link to the San Diego Union Tribune visual year in review 2016. by Michael James Rocha and City Beat’s Seth Combs The year in art: 2016

The Artist Odyssey Blog is presenting pen & ink artist Ted Washingtonin What’s New following Matt Forderer and then interactive artis Dave Ghilarducci and paper artist Bhavna Mehta. Many of these What’s New are repostings of videos from Art Pulse produced by Executive Producer, Barbarella Fokos with added up dated interviews.


ART REPORTS by or about SDVAN

Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and The Broad in LA A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
Mission Federal ArtWalk Artie Awards and Featured Artists Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Nasty Women at Helmuth Projects Picked RAW by Patricia Frischer

County Wide Reports

Israeli Artist, Syrian Refugee Make Art Not War In San Diego KBPS by Tarryn Mento
2017 Art Preview City Beat by Seth Combs
San Diego’s Arts Scene Has More Leading Ladies Than Ever Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Artists Aim To Make Border Fence ‘Beautiful’ KPBS by Jean Guerrero
San Diego women getting nasty for new art show City Beat by Lara McCaffrey
What is the future of UCSD's University Art Gallery? City Beat by Jordan Packer
Rep. Duncan Hunter Calls for Art Censorship at the Capitol Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
S.D. artists explore the beauty of the book for ‘Over the Moon’ SD Union Tribune by Roxana Popescu
Visual art: My wish for 2017 is ... SD Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village Park KPBS by Maureen Cavanaugh, Brooke Ruth
Culture Report: Chinese Historical Museum Wants to Make a Bigger Splash Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
La Bodega Confronts the Challenges of Going From Grassroots to Grownup Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Why I Left San Diego’s Art Scene Behind Voice of San Diego by Jonathan Raymond Mireles
The Struggle for San Diego Artists Is Real, But Worth It Voice of San Diego by Patric Stillman, Studio Door
Arts Community Aims To Save Cultural Hive In North Park KPBS by Claire Trageser
Exhibition brings national sculpture artists to Sparks downtown gallery Pacific Magazine by Laurie Delk 

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities with full details listed on SDVAN)

The Business Of Art Scholarship  is now accepting applications for one emerging or student artist. Mentorship by The Studio Door, sponsored by San Diego Visual Arts Network and with a free booth donated bMission Federal Art Walk. April 29/30. Applications due Feb 10, 2017 

Space 4 Art is making a call for a new Executive Director. The next ED will join the organization at a critical time its 10-year history - preparing to move to a new permanent home. Deadline for applications: Feb 10 and salary range $65,000 - $75,000 per year. For full information contact Cynthia Viveros 619 269 7230

In order to respond to the rapid growth in international arrival activities anticipated in 2017 and beyond, San Diego International Airport will re-conceive a Federal Inspection Services Facility (FIS) that: adds greater flexibility; increases FIS capacity level; and utilizes the newest processing efficiency introduced by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The FIS project presents exciting opportunities for the integration of public art into the site. Atrium Suspended Public Artwork: This is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install a suspended artwork within the "meeter/greeter" lobby of the FIS facility. Glass Partition Wall Public Art Project: This is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install an art glass treatment within an approximately 270' x 13' partition wall along the south edge of the baggage claim hall of the FIS facility. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. (PST) Lauren Lockhart  

The Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance is making a call for artists for submissions loosely-based on the collective themes of two consecutive plays at North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach CRT, The Illusion (celebrates the magic nature of with this tale of passion, regret, and love) and Travels With My Aunt (shaking up the life of her staid bourgeois nephew buried within his gray flannel soul.) There is lots of scope for creativity between these two plays. For more info: Katie Sanderson  760-435-3721

The Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego (JFGSSD) in Balboa Park is making a call for artists and curators and encourages interested artists/groups/organizations to apply for their exhibitions program Exhibit spaces are made available, in accordance with their Guidelines, to diverse individuals, groups, and organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. All media is eligible for consideration. Applicants do not need to be of Japanese descent and are not restricted to Japanese or Japanese style collections. For more Info: Emiko Scudder 619.232.2721

MUSEUMS

February is Museum Month : Presented by Macy's, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at over 40 museums in our region for the all of February. Pick up your passes at any Macy’s and go to theSD Museum Council for more info.  

California Center for the Arts Escondido Cowboys & Vaqueros: Legends of the American West right now until Feb 26 but hubcaps are coming in April. Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art

Mingei International Museum Thirty knotted fiber necklaces and bracelets are on view by Sandy Swirnoff until Jun 4.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has closed it La Jolla branch for a re-build but Artist's Perspective series at the local luxury cinema and dining venue, The LOT is continuing. In January, the casual and engaging lecture series featured acclaimed artist Los Angeles-based Kori Newkirk.

Susan Street Fine Art in Solana Beach has been working with Kathryn Kanjo, the new director of The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Joan Jacobs to put together a major collection of 300 art works for the new UCSD Jacobs Medical Center. We were delighted to see that the art of Matt Devine and Kim MacConnel are included.It does seem like there is money for art in San Diego and it is time for the formation of a Friends of the University Art Gallery at UCSD to assure that the art gallery survives with the establishment of an endowment for the arts.

Museum of Photographic Art   From photographer Lynda Koolish's book African American Writers: Portraits and Visions, the pop-up exhibition Portraits of Vision from Feb. 21 - March 9, 2017.  

New Children’s Museum Register today for February’s Eat Better Art, Treat Your Valentine, where you’ll create seasonal dishes and a simple art activity to take home!

John Dillemuth: Contraptions And Go-mo(s) at Oceanside Museum Of Art(704 Pier View Way, Oceanside 92054) opening on Feb 4 and runs to July 23 with an opening reception on March 25. Curated by Vallo Riberto, assemblages, contraptions, vehicles, and paintings combine to create an installation that references the real and imaginary. Also note: Michelle Montjoy’s show Rope opens at the say time on March 25. For more info: Collette Stefanko 760.435.3720

A terrible crime has been committed and Victorian London's most celebrated detective needs your help to find out "whodunit"! Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery opens Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Rubin H. Fleet Science Center. This immersive, entertaining and clever murder-mystery will test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning. You will need your thinking cap to solve this baffling thriller.

The San Diego Museum of Art Contemporary Arts Committee, the support group of the SDMA is holding a Plein Air art Home Tour on Sat. March 18 from 10 am to noon. Visit to the Craftsman home and studio of artist Mark Fehlman with his personal collection of notable California plein air artists.  Fehlman, the recipient of numerous awards, will share some of his studio techniques. In close proximity is the historically-designated Craftsman home of Wendy Nash with an extensive collection of Fehlman's work.  In the garden, they will visit with 2015 San Diego Art Prize winner Kevin Inman.  Inman's current work focuses on small landscapes and cityscapes.  Coffee and treats will be provided.CAC Members $50 and Non-CAC Members $60. To RSVP for the tour:  click  here

Lynda Koolish: Portraits of Activism starts Feb 3 at Women’s History Museum and Education Center

TRANSITIONS

Gustaf Rooth is closing down his gallery space, but we are happy to report his marriage to Daphne Hill so we know he will always be connected to the arts with her encouragement and will wait to see what his next venture will be.

Vincent Kitch left Carlsbad quite awhile ago, but we are just hearing of the arrival from Arizona of Richard Schultz who takes his place as the new Cultural Arts Manager. He arrives in February and we are so happy that this position has been filled.

Vista High School was one of 10 high schools in the US awarded $10 million over a 5-year period to implement their vision of a XQ Super School. Kim Richards (known for her work on STEAM and KDPR) has joined an incredible team at Digital Promise, Vista’s partner in the project, and with be leading communications, marketing and partnerships for the XQ Vista High project. Take a look at xqsuperschool.org and digitalpromise.org for more information. This is a very exciting development in Vista and the eyes of the nation will be on this and the other 9 schools.

TIDBITS

You have got to laugh over this dispute about the pinkest pink paint between Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor published in Blouin Arts. We loved all those pink pussy hats at the Women's March. We understand no pink yarn was available on the east coast last week.

Auction sales are way down from $996 million in 2015 to about $544 million in 2016, but this is just for the top ten lots sold. Highest amount paid for one lot was about $81.5 million in 2016 for the Monet’s “Meule” as opposed to $179.4 in 2015 for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger.

Here is the story about Congress Taking That Anti-Police Painting Down from Buzz Feed News.

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February, 2017

“ Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  Twyla Tharp


The Fallbrook Art Center is now showingWorld of Watercolor & Beyond, their 8th Annual International Signature American Watermedia Exhibition and they sold a Dean Mitchell painting calledHazel Maefor $18,500 and approx. $40,000 worth of art sold during the show. This work also won the $1500 best of show award. A total of $10,000 was given out in awards and there is still time until March 19 to vote for the public award of $250. Click here for list of participating artists and more about the show

March 20–21, 2017 is Arts Advocacy Day and we are celebrating it with a banner on the home page of SDVAN. Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for the annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Empowering Advocacy by Patricia Frischer, coordinator of SDVAN.

Save the date for the closing reception of The Before Show: Patricia Frischer Closing VIP reception Sat. March 11 from 6 to 9 pm at Symbologist Gallery (2060 Logan Ave unit C, SD 92113 in Barrio Logan) during Chicano Park gallery crawl night The exhibitionruns from Feb 11 to March 15, 2017 More info: Kaarin Vaughan 619-693-5004. The Before Show: Patricia Frischer at Symbologist Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer  

North County Arts Network Quarterly Meeting is titled Performing Arts Five on Five: Innovative Happenings in the Arts and happens on Wed, March 29th from 6 to 9 pm at New Village Arts (2787 State St. #B, Carlsbad, CA 92008)  

Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Visual Arts Network and The Studio Door are pleased to introduce the artistry of emerging artist Mikaela McLeigh at the 33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy to held on April 29 and 30. Mikaela was selected as this year’s awardee for The Business of Art scholarship which includes a booth at the prestigious art festival, professional development throughout 2017, and an impressive marketing package. Over 30 artists applied for this year’s opportunity.

In the months since the passing of David Antin, his son, Blaise Antin, has established a graduate prize fund to honor David's extraordinary service to UC San Diego and his lasting legacy in the Department of Visual Arts. As a poet, critic, artist and teacher, David Antin played a seminal role in establishing the reputation for cutting edge art in the graduate program he helped to found.  The David Antin Endowed Prize for Excellence in MFA Visual Arts Fund will bestow the prize on the student who best demonstrates the originality, creativity and multi-disciplinarity as artists or writers in the field of art criticism for which David Antin is held is such esteem

Madison Gallery's first Artist in Residence Program featuring New York artist James Austin Murray started in February. They invite collectors for studio visits to personally meet the artist and select artworks. Murray will be creating an exclusive collection at his upcoming September solo exhibition Light On Black.

The Ilan-Lael Foundation and Pacific Rim Park will host Gateway Conversations, a three day event exploring the role of art in international relations from April 28-30 in various locations around San Diego and Tijuana. Special guests will include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, world renowned artist James Hubbell and keynote speaker, Kathleen Stephens, Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University, Former US Department of State, US Embassy Seoul South Korea.

The SD Regional Arts and Culture Coalition reports that 7 of 9 San Diego City Council Members Included "Arts & Culture" in their FY18 Budget Priority Memos which means they are encouraging the Mayor to draft a City budget that includes a flat or increased budget for the Commission for Arts & Culture next fiscal year.   


ART REPORTS by or about SDVAN

William T. Cannon Gallery 2017 Juried Biennial Exhibition Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
John Dillemuth: Gomos and Contraptions at Oceanside Museum Of Art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Impressions: African American Artists, Connections to African Art San Diego Mesa Gallery Picked Ripe by Cathy Breslaw
The Before Show: Patricia Frischer at Symbologist Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Local Artist awarded the business of art scholarship – to be featured at 2017 Mission Federal Artwalk Art Guide San Diego by Brian Baxter

County Wide Reports

Culture Report: Trinket Shops Get Some Artsy Neighbors in Old Town Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Local Leaders Can Learn From Cities That Prioritize Artists Voice of San Diego by Justin Navalle
San Diego Art Institute encourages dialogue with inaugural AMT Festival Union Tribune by Michael James Rocha
Dimensions at MCASD downtown presents a wide range of viewpoints Union Tribune by Martina Schimitschek
Surfing Madonna donates $30,000 to Pacific View project Encinitas Advocate by Brittany Woolsey
Italian artist Siro Cugusi speaks 'visual language' at Lux Union Tribune by Catherine Gaugh
The Fleet's new Sherlock Holmes exhibit holds the clue to big fun Union Tribune by Karla Peterson
Surfing Madonna group to offer peek at new mosaic Union Tribune by Barbara Henry
Culture Report: History Center Tackles a Present-Day Lightning Rod Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
Culture Report: Trinket Shops Get Some Artsy Neighbors in Old Town Voice of San Diego by Kinsee Morlan
David Antin's Words Live On: Hundreds pay tribute to local poet at The Getty Center La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
First AMT Fest in San Diego kicks off art and science collaborations
La Jolla Light Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Q: What does San Diego’s art scene need to thrive? City Beat by Seth Combs
Surprise! It’s art in a box! City Beat by Matt Baldwin
Will a massive “Statue of Responsibility” soon grace the San Diego skyline? City Beat by Mathew Foresta
San Diego Space 4 Art moving in, local artists moving out City Beat by Seth Combs
To see or not to see: Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface City Beat by Seth Combs

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities with full details listed on SDVAN)

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is looking for a Programs & Events Manager responsible for the planning and execution of the museum’s programs and special events, and assisting with the coordination of educational programming. This includes exhibition receptions, school visits, artist demonstrations, lectures, programming for extended museum hours, and signature fundraising events such as The Museum Ball and Art After Dark, among others. This position requires some weekend and evening hours. For more information, please contact jobs@oma-online.org 760-435-3730.

California Center for the Arts Escondido is looking for a Programs Manager responsible for the planning and execution of the museum’s programs. Contact Leah Goodwin.

Front Porch Gallery is looking for fine art/craft on consignment for the retail side of their gallery. Glass, ceramic, paper, mixed media, assemblage, etc. are acceptable mediums. Commission to artist is 60%. To apply, email 5-10 images for consideration to Julie Weaverlnig 760-795-6120

Would you like to participate in San Diego's largest annual showcase of visual and performing arts? Sign up to volunteer at the 2017 Mission Federal ArtWalk. They offer about 250 volunteers the opportunity to get involved on event days, this year taking place April 29 & April 30, with a few positions during the month of April. As a Mission Federal ArtWalk volunteer, you receive the official 2017 T-shirt and may participate in a "volunteers-only" raffle of great artwork and prizes, donated by our artists and sponsors. Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years. Access their online volunteer registration system here

Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA ), in partnership with the City of Encinitas Arts Division, will celebrate Passport to the Silk Road : An Evening of Time Travel as we embrace the exotic and diversified cultures of Xi"an to Constantinople on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6-10 pm at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. In keeping with the mission to celebrate diversity through arts and culture, this event will foster an appreciation of cultures of China, India, Iran, Turkey, and other countries along the old Silk Road. 100% of funds raised at this event will be allocated to arts programing and education in Encinitas. They are making a call for volunteers you will get to enjoy the show and a light dinner for 2-3 hours of work. Sign up now and save the date.

Local artist Sandra Dodd conducts adult art classes for beginners at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library. The sessions are complimentary and all materials will be supplied. Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning March 29, 2016, 5 pm to 6 pm.

MUSEUMS 

California Center for the Arts Escondido is looking for a Programs Manager responsible for the planning and execution of the museum’s programs.

Mingei International Museum Thirty knotted fiber necklaces and bracelets are on view by Sandy Swirnoff until Jun 4.

New Children’s Museum presents Make/Shift, an indoor play space that builds on the age-old concept that children enjoy playing with the box as much as the gift that came in it is now open. The 1,200 square foot installation consists of a collection of custom-made plywood furniture, fabric, cardboard boxes, ropes and other loose parts that can be shifted and remade by children and adults in infinite ways.

John Dillemuth: Contraptions And Go-mo(s) at Oceanside Museum Of Art(704 Pier View Way, Oceanside 92054) opening on Feb 4 and runs to July 23 with an opening reception on March 25. Curated by Vallo Riberto, assemblages, contraptions, vehicles, and paintings combine to create an installation that references the real and imaginary. Also note: Michelle Montjoy’s show Rope opens at the say time on March 25. For more info: Collette Stefanko 760.435.3720

A terrible crime has been committed and Victorian London's most celebrated detective needs your help to find out "whodunit"! Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery opens Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Rubin H. Fleet Science Center. This immersive, entertaining and clever murder-mystery will test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning. You will need your thinking cap to solve this baffling thriller.

The San Diego Museum of Art Contemporary Arts Committee, the support group of the SDMA is holding a Plein Air art Home Tour on Sat. March 18 from 10 am to noon. Visit to the Craftsman home and studio of artist Mark Fehlman with his personal collection of notable California plein air artists.  Fehlman, the recipient of numerous awards, will share some of his studio techniques. In close proximity is the historically-designated Craftsman home of Wendy Nash with an extensive collection of Fehlman's work.  In the garden, they will visit with 2015 San Diego Art Prize winner Kevin Inman.  Inman's current work focuses on small landscapes and cityscapes.  Coffee and treats will be provided.CAC Members $50 and Non-CAC Members $60. To RSVP for the tour:  click  here

TRANSITIONS

Naimeh Tahna Woodward has stepped down from the Encinitas Art Commission to make way for new talent but she remains the driving force behind the Encinitas Friends of the Arts. Watch for their next Passport to the Silk Road onSaturday May 13 from 6 to 10 pm at the Encinitas Community Center.

California Arts Council announces planned departure of director Craig Watson who led California’s state arts agency through five year renaissance, accomplishments include 5x increase in funding. There will be a national search for a new director and Watson will return to south California. Let’s hope he can continue to help us in our struggles to get more aid for the county of San Diego.

Fusion Glass has a new name addition. There art workshops and classes are branded under the name Idea Field.

Monarch | Arredon Contemporary is moving to a smaller location showroom located on 608 Prospect St. Suite A, in La Jolla which is closer to MOCASD. 

 Matthew J. Mahoney was one of San Diego Art Institute’s first artists-in-residence and we were saddened to hear of his passing. San Diego Art Institute has set up the  Matthew J. Mahoney Artist-in-Residence Program to continue to help the careers of emerging and mid-career artists as they explore, experiment and create new work. These tax deductible donations can be made at: https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/b6lpz52e63i

The good news is that Space 4 Art may be staying in its space for four more years while it finances and build out its new space. The bad news is that they did not realize that the compromise of space might have results some artists being given notice in another part of the building. Let’s hope they can all work this out.

TIDBITS

ArtFinder is pointing out gender inequality and what they are doing to support women's art! We are pleased to announce that over half of the emerging artist in our next New Contemporaries show are WOMEN!

We are very much in favor of Design Thinking in which many possible solutions are generated after research and brainstorming before anything is tested. John Eger discussed this in the Huffington Post: Design Thinking Takes Center Stage

Earlier this month, two Trump transition team advisors are recommending elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We are supporting a petition signed by 100,000 Arts Action Fund members which can be found here. For more information about supporting Americans for the Arts here is a link to a few FAQs from questions the staff has already fielded. Please sign the petition as we are better coming together to make sure the arts are supported.

Two thousand and seventeen marks the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the father of modern sculpture so watch for art museums around the world that are mounting special exhibitions and installations to celebrate including the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

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